Category: Refugees

Many people in Northern Ireland have never met a refugee or person who is seeking asylum here but they may have been given misleading impressions by what they have read in newspapers and they do not know where to get answers to basic questions. The information included here is designed

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There are an unprecedented number of refugees in the world today. More than a million refugees and migrants crossed into Europe in 2015, but this is a small percentage of the people who have had to leave their homes. In June 2015 the UN Refugee Agency said that ‘one in

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The civil war in Syria, which began in 2011, has forced millions of Syrians to flee their homes. In mid 2017 it was estimated that 6.3 million people were displaced within Syria, with a further 5.1 million taking refuge in neighbouring countries. A small number have fled further, with some

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In 2015 there were just 32,414 applications for asylum (excluding 6,464 dependents), up 29% since 2104 but much lower than the 84,130 applications in 2002. The UK figures do not reflect the magnitude of the world situation. There were 3,043 applications for asylum in the UK in 2015 from separated

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Refugee Council research, published in 2010, dispelled a number of myths. Chance or Choice? Understanding Why Asylum Seekers Come to the UK, described how, of the people they interviewed • Over two thirds did not choose to come to the UK. • Most only discovered they were going to the

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